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Energy Timeline

  • Electricity's Beginning

    Electricity's Beginning
    Benjamin Franklin tied a key onto a kite during a storm and proved that static electricity and lightning were the same. His understanding of the nature of electricity showed the way for the future.
  • Electric Motors

    Electric Motors
    Thomas Davenport invented the electric motor, used often even in modern day.
  • Telegraph

    Samuel Morse invented the electric telegraph which could send messages long distances across a wire. Morse code was also named after this man.
  • Hydroelectric Power Turbine

    Hydroelectric Power Turbine
    Lester Pelton invented a type of free-jet water turbine called the Pelton Wheel or Pelton turbine. It created energy when water turned turbines.
  • Lightbulbs

    After experimenting, Thomas Edison invented an incandescent light bulb that could be used for about 40 hours without burning out.
  • First Battery

    First Battery
    Alessandro Volta invented the first battery.
  • Wind Energy

    Wind Energy
    U.S. scientist and businessman Charles Brush builds the first wind turbine to generate electricity.
  • Solar Power

    Solar Power
    French scientist Henry Becquerel, observed the production of electricity directly from the sun while experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes placed in an electricity-conducting solution.
  • Mercury Vapour Lamp

    Mercury Vapour Lamp
    Peter Cooper Hewitt of United States of America patented the mercury vapour lamp.
  • Geothermal Energy

    Geothermal Energy
    Piero Ginori Conti invents the first geothermal electric power plant.